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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:24:09 AM »
Welcome to the world. Today’s fad is yesterday’s old news.....today’s old news is yesterday’s fad.


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All Grain Brewing / Fly sparge efficiency
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:09:29 PM »
Is your total volume completely mixed?

This plus you mashed about 2/3 total volume and sparge  1/3.  I split more like 50/50,but still see significant drop in gravity from mash to end of sparge and total volume collected.  What was your target preboil Gravity? 11lbs base malt will yield me about 1.054-55, so would expect yours to be much higher with 15lbs pale malt.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:18:55 PM »
Thanks....Good to be back at it JT.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 17, 2018, 09:20:36 PM »
Cascade, citra, mandarina pale ale.  Love this beer so made it my back to brewing beer.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 17, 2018, 04:00:34 AM »
Oktoberfest on Sunday. Have to get my lager yeast bank going again after long hiatus.


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So 830 is my 34/70 (chosen for performance) and 833 I believe is Ayinger?   Had a soft spot for them since a village Bierfest I encountered summer of '85.  Nice choices.
I can brew most everything want with those two....simplicity


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:55:10 AM »
Oktoberfest on Sunday. Have to get my lager yeast bank going again after long hiatus.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:48:05 AM »
Oktoberfest on Sunday. Have to get my lager yeast bank going again after long hiatus.


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The Pub / Great whiskey gift
« on: February 15, 2018, 02:51:56 AM »
My wife got me Jameson Gold Reserve for valentine’s day. Love this stuff....great night sipping by the fire.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reconfirm: I HATE White Labs new packaging
« on: February 13, 2018, 01:10:00 AM »
I liked the vials mostly because I reused them for other storage.  The packs are ok and haven’t had much issue I can recall. I was more focused on viability of the yeast with pure pitch. I still just throw a pouch into most ales without any problems.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 06, 2018, 01:08:29 AM »
^^^^
Blatz, do you have a recommendation for a pale malt to try blending?  I'm straight Weyermann Pils at the moment, have yet to find just the right sumpin'-sumpin' to complement it.

From personal experience, Weyermann Pale Ale blends well with Weyermann Pils. Vienna blends well too. My base blend is usually Pils/Vienna.
I like blending schill Kolsch malt in my base for twist / variation.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 06, 2018, 01:02:08 AM »
Good to see you back.

Brewing Marlberry Pils tomorrow.


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Thanks Paul.  Beer sounds tasty...have to see the recipe.

12 gallons:

19# Pils (just used Weyermann Barke today but 70/30 with pale malt is good too)
1/2# carafoam
1/2 # sauermalt
1/2# flaked barley (yeah I know sue me)
30 ibus fwh tettnang
10 ibus mittlefruh at 20
3oz mittlefruh at knockout
WL830
Yum. So how’s the flaked barley play out with this recipe? Curious what led you to add that....goal and thoughts on finished product.


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Probably don't notice/need it but...

Initially added for body, foam and a little malt complexity.  I've been making iterations of Pils for over a decade and decided to add a smidge of FB about a year and a half ago, and that Pils was my favorite all time.  I've made it about 6-7 times since, and it hits the spot for me.   I might try removing it at some point to see if it's missed but hard to mess with what has worked.

One change I do want to incorporate though is mixing up the Pils base with pale - my Helles definitely benefited from that but I haven't tried it on Pilsner yet


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Figured....just seeing. Always fun to try something new, different, of the beaten path.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 06, 2018, 12:28:45 AM »
Good to see you back.

Brewing Marlberry Pils tomorrow.


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Thanks Paul.  Beer sounds tasty...have to see the recipe.

12 gallons:

19# Pils (just used Weyermann Barke today but 70/30 with pale malt is good too)
1/2# carafoam
1/2 # sauermalt
1/2# flaked barley (yeah I know sue me)
30 ibus fwh tettnang
10 ibus mittlefruh at 20
3oz mittlefruh at knockout
WL830
Yum. So how’s the flaked barley play out with this recipe? Curious what led you to add that....goal and thoughts on finished product.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 04, 2018, 03:37:25 AM »
Doesn't it seem like most people who switch to craft beer do so because they get tired of drinking the same thing every day? (BMC) Just to... drink the same thing every day. (IPA)

I like them. But I like a lot of things. Honestly, over a six pack of the world's best IPA, I would choose 6 different kind of average, anything else. Of course if a mixer 6 pack actually were available, it would probably be an IPA, a NEIPA, an over hopped Pale Ale, an IPA brewed with Belgian yeast, a Black IPA, and a barrel aged triple IPA.


+1 amen


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General Homebrew Discussion / Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:32:00 AM »
Come on everybody, let's here the chant: Pils! Pils! Pils! ....

I lead a team of brewers who are chanting for peanut butter beers and hazy IPAs ... and I'm like, you haven't even brewed a good kolsch or pils yet.

Peanut butter beers are all over Central IL, no idea why. Went on a bus trip to a few breweries, almost every place had a peanut butter porter or stout.

Lucky for you on the availability, hazy ipa's seems like a real hit or miss style.

I haven't tasted a lot of kolsches that are satisfying, a lot better luck with satisfying pilsners. Any thoughts on why that is?

Final thought: I honestly have also been shifting of IPAs, but mostly because I've found a place with an amazing Norwegian Farmhouse Ale.
You can hide a mediocre beer behind crap tons of hops. You can’t hide a bad pils.....if it’s bad it screams bad.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mashtun recommendations
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:08:47 AM »


I get 85% in my cooler.  How much more do you need?

I brew in a cooler, following the instructions of your web, and I've never been able to get more than 70% (2 runoffs). Last sunday I brewed a hefeweizen and I got just 60%. I'd like to be around 80%.
Ways to get there....would need to know more about your process but sure you could improve.


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